Relaxing Weekend Meditation and Yoga Retreats UK

BE Yoga Retreats invite you to join them for their popular summer yoga retreat set in the Vale of the White Horse. This is their fourth visit to this stunning location, this is a wonderful opportunity to escape the stresses and strains of every day life and enjoy a wonderful weekend of yoga meditation, relaxation and delicious home cooked vegetarian food. Be Yoga Retreats offer you a perfectly balanced schedule giving you plenty of activities, whilst ensuring you leave the retreat relaxed and rejuvenated.

Meet the instructors

Elise
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Highlights

  • Enjoy a wonderful weekend of yoga, meditation, and relaxation
  • Enjoy a packed program of yoga sessions (also held outside in good weather)
  • Indulge in delicious home cooked vegetarian food
  • Escape the stresses and strains of everyday life
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 15
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Accommodation

The accommodation at this venue is arranged in a traditional bunkhouse style. There are two sizes of dormitories - four beds and 12 beds. There is a 12 bed dorm, available to women only. The four beds dormitories have two bunk beds and can be booked for three to four persons if you are traveling in a group. The accommodation is basic, and all rooms have access to shared bathroom facilities. Bedding is provided, but you will need to bring your own towel.

Program

Enjoy a packed schedule including yoga classes (outdoors in good weather), meditation, relaxation walks along the ridgeway, opportunity to book a massage, fun creative workshops and much more. You will be joined again by the Beechen family caterers, and Kathy will be cooking up more of her much loved, homemade vegetarian treats. Each retreat has a theme running though the weekend such as Mudra and Bandha, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and The five Sheaths of Consciousness. The theme for this retreat will be The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

This is a sample schedule which is subject to change.

Friday

  • 16:30 Arrival, time to settle in and have a cup of tea
  • 18:00 Yoga class - introduction to theme of the weekend
  • 19:15 Dinner
  • 20:30 Yoga Nidra or deep relaxation

Saturday

  • 07:00 Early morning yoga class
  • 07:30 Morning yoga class
  • 08:45 Breakfast
  • 10:15 Pranayama
  • 11:00 Yoga class
  • 12:45 Lunch
  • 13:30 Free time; relax, read a book, have a massage, or go for a walk
  • 15:30 Meditation
  • 16:15 Yoga class
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 Vedic chanting workshop - Patanjalis Yoga Sutras

Sunday

  • 07:00 Early morning meditation
  • 07:30 Yoga class
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Walking meditation
  • 11:00 Restorative yoga class
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Final meditation and relaxation
  • 14:30 Departure

Outdoor activities are weather dependent, BE Yoga Retreats will try to run as many activities at the outdoor as possible, however in bad weather they will be run inside in the studio.

Included excursions

Walk along the Ridgeway national trail.

Instructors

Elise Beechen
Originally from Devon, Elise is a qualified teacher of yoga and dance and holds the UK's highest qualification in sports and remedial massage. Elise has been practicing yoga for over ten years and since becoming a group fitness instructor in 2006, she has coordinated and taught fitness programs in health clubs and resorts across the UK and Europe. A patient and enthusiastic teacher, Elise is deeply fascinated by the many physical and psychological benefits of yoga and is keen to share her knowledge and experience.

Retreat location

The retreat takes place at The Court Hill Centre that is beautiful, rural and tranquil, located in the Vale of the Whitehorse in Wantage, Oxfordshire. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful countryside, it is the perfect place to unwind and escape the stresses of everyday life.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

The menu is lovingly prepared by Becky and Elise's parents and experienced retreat caterers Kathy and Bob. They provide delicious home cooked vegetarian cuisine, always healthy but very tasty.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

In between the activities, there is some free time for you to relax, during which you can go for a walk, relax in the grounds with a cup of tea or a good book, do a little shopping at the BE Yoga Retreats shop where there are homemade yoga related items for sale.

You may also like to book a massage with Elise, an experienced and highly skilled massage therapist. The 40-minute treatments at the shorter weekend retreats cost 40 GBP and include:

  • Relaxing full body massage
  • Deep tissue massage - either back, neck, and shoulders or hips, legs, and feet

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All meals from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch
  • Meditation and relaxation sessions
  • Workshops
  • Yoga classes

What's not included

  • Massages
  • Travel to and from the venue
  • Vegetarian and vegan diets will already be catered for but BE Yoga Retreats may charge extra at their discretion for additional dietary requirements other than allergies

How to get there

Arrival by train

The Court Hill Centre is two miles south of Wantage just off the A338 Wantage to Hungerford road, and a quarter mile from the Ridgeway National Trail. Nearby train stations are at Didcot and Oxford, and there are good road links via the M4 and M40.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Friday August 2, 2019
Departure: Sunday August 4, 2019

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